"This book is an illustrated history of the clothes worn by working people. It sets out to convey some idea of the colour and variety of working dress to be seen in the streets when men and women, going about their daily tasks, showed 'the sign of their profession.'"--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references (page 138) and index
Tunics, not togas : working dress in ancient times -- Aprons and artisans : medieval workers and specialist trades -- Sumptuary laws and livery : the sixteenth century -- Sombre ideas and sober clothes : work and religion in the seventeenth century -- Industry versus agriculture : dress differences in the mid-eighteenth century -- Occupations advertised : colourful clothes 1789-1840 -- Mills, mines, and chimney-pot hats : 1840-1890 -- Occupational costume in decline : 1890-1914 -- War, and women in trousers : 1914-1925 -- White collar, blue collar, and no collar at all : 1925-1939
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